Sunday Update! Art by Janny Wurts Marion: I’m about one third of the way through Matthew Pearl’s 18-year-old novel The Bookaneer, which I’m liking more now that our narrator has arrived in Samoa and we’ve met Robert Louis Stevenson and his family.

Bill: Since our last update I read:

  • The Book That Wouldn’t Burn by Mark Lawrence: sure to be on my Best of ‘23 list
  • The Essential Peter S. Beagle: Volumes I and II by Peter S. Beagle:  an excellent (no surprise) collection of Beagle’s short stories
  • Witch King by Martha Wells: A good fantasy with an intriguing set of characters
  • The Malevolent Seven by Sebastien de Castell: admittedly a  bit disappointing though enjoyed parts
  • For the Love of Mars by Matthew Shindell: an interesting look at our changing thoughts about the Red Planet over time
  • The Ugly History of Beautiful Things, a wide-ranging collection of exploratory personal essays by Katy Kelleher
  • Two solid poetry collections: Brown  by Kevin Young and All at a Glance by C.K. Williams

Sandy: Moi? I recently finished reading J. W. Brodie-Innes’ classic supernatural novel The Devil’s Mistress, which was originally released in 1915 and is set in the Highlands of Scotland of the mid-17th century. I found it a rather remarkable book, indeed. And currently, I am reading another historical chiller, this one set in the early 19th century in the Tyrol; namely, Paul Busson’s highly regarded The Fire Spirits (1923). I look forward to sharing some thoughts on both of these books with you all in the not-too-distant future….

Terry: I finished the wonderful, and wonderfully funny, Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus; I recommend it highly. I also read C.L. Polk’s Nebula Award winner, Even Though I Knew the End, which highly deserved the award. It’s a Marlowe-flavored fantastical mystery set in Chicago, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Novellas really are the best! Now I’m back to finishing up Daniel Abraham’s Age of Ash, which is glacially slow but still lovely to read.


  • Tim Scheidler

    TIM SCHEIDLER, who's been with us since June 2011, holds a Master's Degree in Popular Literature from Trinity College Dublin. Tim enjoys many authors, but particularly loves J.R.R. Tolkien, Robin Hobb, George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, and Susanna Clarke. When he’s not reading, Tim enjoys traveling, playing music, writing in any shape or form, and pretending he's an athlete.